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Land Banking 101

This article is written to
both those operating, or considering the operation
of, a land bank, and to anyone interested in community revitalization
by Doug Harsany 

For the purpose of this article, a land bank is an organization created to address the challenges associated with vacant and abandoned property within set jurisdictional boundaries. These properties are typically tax foreclosed and are transferred by the government entity to the land bank with clear title. A land bank seeks to manage and maintain these properties with the end goal of returning the properties to productive reuse.


Alcohol and Drug "Treatment Gap" in US.
There continues to be large "treatment gap" in this country. In 2013, an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people (0.9 percent) received treatment at a specialty facility.


HOME Strategies in Small Communities: Big Impact with Little Funding. 

by Amy Sackman Odum (Director of Community Development, City of Lima Ohio), Guest Contributor

What can you do with $257,989 in housing funds?  In most Ohio markets, it may buy a comfortable home.  In Lima, Ohio, it runs an entire housing program! The City of Lima is the third smallest HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) entitlement community in Ohio.



Keeping Your Family and Neighborhood Healthy in Winter. by Cindy Harsany

Fall is wonderful! the leaves change colors in most of the states, we still have warm breezes, and we get to play outside.  This creates a relaxing entrance to winter. We can almost come to believe that maybe we won’t experience cold, snow, a fall on the ice, or the need to dig our car out of a ditch.


About Harsany & Associates, llc

Our firm exists to provide project/program management services, technical assistance, strategic planning guidance, research & analysis support, financial analysis and management, and training to states, local governments, non-profits and for-profit entities involved in economic development, housing, community revitalization, disaster planning/response and sustainability efforts.
Here are a few of the things that sets our firm apart:
  • We help you to achieve effective results by integrating the core competencies of organizational management and leadership skills with practice area expertise.
  • We teach the psychology of management to leaders and managers to help teams function better, recognizing uniqueness of personalities, and how to incorporate intrinsic motivation as a part of innovation and organizational growth.
  • We think broadly about programs and projects from their conception through their final use, and utilize a holistic approach to connect you to best practices in the fundamental areas of planning, program management, and performance evaluation.
  • We provide analysis of finances and financial management processes, helping organizations understand what their financial reports are saying today and guiding them into where they want to be tomorrow.
  • We guide you through an individualized approach, because we recognize that both your community and your organization are unique.
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